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Council approves seeking $2.5 million loan to repair sewers

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:12 am

The Metropolitan Lynchburg Moore County Council met Monday night for its regular meeting and approved a request from the Metro Utility Department to use a State Revolving Fund loan of $2.5 million to make sewer repairs and address other inflow and infiltration needs in the sanitation system.

The low-interest loan has a 20-year payback period beginning when the project is 90% completed, which should be sometime in early 2022.

The council also heard from Lance Roland and Jarrod Bonar from TDOT, who explained the herbicide program they wish to implement in Moore County as they’ve done successfully in surrounding counties to control Johnson Grass. The herbicide program uses Out Rider, which controls growth but doesn’t kill Johnson Grass or any other vegetation.

Controlling Johnson Grass is a safety issue as it gets high enough to block a driver’s vision while trying to pull out onto a state highway.

According to City Attorney John T. Bobo, TDOT has the right to spray the right of way. Roland emphasized that he has always had a good relationship with the county and wanted to allay any concerns.

The council voted 14-0 to OK spraying for a year to be reassessed in September of 2021.

The council approved members of the Metro Utility Board, the 911 Board and the Metro Moore Planning Commission. Among the new members are: Metro Utility Board – Shane Taylor; 911 Board – Kevin Hulvey and Jayson Estfon; Planning Commission – Scott Fruehauf and Dexter Gordon.